Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple

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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Varanasi including the Golden Temple
from AUD $50.28
This is a 3 hour walking tour of the ancient city of Varanasi which showcases the best of this iconic destination. Walking around the Golden Temple area is unique due to this part of the city being the most important cultural and financial area. The Golden Temple is the most important Shiva temple in all of India. On the way, you will also see historical mosques, hidden alleys, bazaars, ancient Varanasi building architecture, the world's biggest crematorium and local markets.
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In Brief

Varanasi, India
3 hours
Important InfoInfo
Your tour guide will pick you up at either 6am, for the morning boat ride and walking tour option, or at 4pm, for the walking tour and Ganga Arti ceremony, from your hotel in Varanasi and drive you to Assi Ghat.

From your starting point in  Assi Ghat you will first visit the Bangali Tola, the birthplace of Rani Laxmibai, the queen of the Jhansi State in the 1800's. 

Then you will go to Lonark Kund, a sacred pond in Varanasi where Hindu devotees come to worship, the city of Kurukshetra, and the Harischandra Ghat (Cremation Ghat) to watch the rituals of cremation. 

Then, step into the narrow alleys full of life with their residents, businesses, temples, vegetable vendors, cows and bulls at the Kedar Ghat and the Dashaswamedh Ghat.

Take a break to have somem tea or lassi and some special snacks typical to Varanasi like chaat or other South Indian dishes..

After your break, visit the world-famous Vishwanath Temple or the Annapurna temple before enjoying your time walking down the narrow lanes of Vishwanath Gali, the area near the Golden temple, Khoya Gali and Kachori Gali.

You will walk towards the Mtillanikanka Ghat, also known as the burning ghat for cremation, to enjoy the traditional rituals before returning back to Dashaswamedh Ghat.


  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off( By Guide) - No transportation cost included.
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks (Lassi/Tea)
  • Private tour


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Boat Ride

Departure Time

Morning departure between 5-7am Evening departure between 3-5pm

Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel or accommodation in Varanasi

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 3 out of 5 based on the last 1 recent reviews

I have used many guides in India. Our guide on this tour had such a strong accent, we could not understand his English. Would have been just as well strolling the alleyways and ghats on our own.
• Submitted 19 Feb 2017

In Brief

Varanasi, India
3 hours